Sophos spreads the latest on spam

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Australia has dropped to 32nd place in the quarterly list of spam producing countries, while the US remained in the number one position, security vendor Sophos reported yesterday.

The “Dirty Dozen” report found that Australia and New Zealand accounted for 0.5 percent of spam producing countries, far behind the US and China which produced 21 and 13 percent respectively.

Paul Ducklin, Sophos’ Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, told SC that Australian IT departments have correctly managed the risks and showed great vigilance.

“The problem here seems to be in control as always…a couple of years ago Australia had sneaked into the top 12… [now] people seem to be doing the right thing,” said Ducklin.

Meanwhile, Ducklin warned that spam’s global problem can affect any country, regardless of its technology and wealth.

“However easy it is for you to get Internet access, whether your economy is developed or developing, whether you pay five dollars a week or five dollars per megabyte to get online, spammers are ready to plunder your bandwidth.”

Last month, Australian company Clarity1 was fined $5.5 million under the Australian Spam Act for sending over 200 million spam emails.
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